Pupscan Project

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Site Updated 22.04.19 



Until a diagnosis is given with an x ray, dogs will continue to be taken out from breeding, many unnecessarily. There are multiple non-genetic causes that can result in abnormal joint development, but unfortunately the present screening methods do not take account of these. The Pupscan Research Project is working hard with Veterinary and Human Orthopaedic Specialists and Geneticists to bring awareness to breeders and Kennel Clubs in the hope that things will change and in the future breeders will be able to make informed choices based on a Diagnosis rather than just a Score.




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The Pupscan Project was established in early 2015 to research and identify the factors leading to abnormal joint development in dogs. 

The project aims to separate predominantly genetic causes from the many acquired conditions that can damage joints.

Using the most modern diagnostic Ultrasound technology and a precise measurement analysis of the whole hip, a non-invasive imaging technique has been developed to evaluate puppies in the early months of life in order to establish the presence, or absence, of normal healthy joint development


"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated".....Mahatma Ghandi

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Pupscan sponsor Best of the Best Supermatch

26 January 2019:  Congratulations to the winners at the Navan Dog Show Best of the Best Charity Super Match held on Saturday in Dublin. Pupscan were delighted to sponsor the Best of the Best Puppy and Best of the Best Veteran sections at this event in aid of Pieta House for Suicide Awareness.

Pupscan launch X Ray Referral Service

19 October 2018:  Acquired conditions may be responsible for poor hip or elbow scores and these processes MUST be considered before diagnosing a genetic abnormality.

The Pupscan X Ray Referral Service has been set up at the request of breeders and owners who wish to know if their dog has a disorder of joint development that is potentially genetic or acquired.  The service, which will help fund the Pupscan Research Project, is designed to allow breeders to make their own informed decision whether to include or exclude a dog from their breeding programme.

The Referral Panel consists of both veterinary and human orthopaedic specialists, who will review and report on submitted x rays and work with the breeder/owner and their vet to assist in any decision that may be required for the benefit of the dog. 

More information here

First litter of Wolf Dogs Scanned

18 September 2018:  The Pupscan Team had the great pleasure of scanning these beautiful Wolf Dog puppies. We had a great time meeting the parents, the male of which is just magnificent, he also starred in a few films. He is enormous but what a charismatic dog we could have admired him all day long.

Orthopaedic Specialist Vet Paul Kelly joins the Pupscan Team

August, 2018:  The Pupscan Research Project are delighted to welcome Dr. Paul Kelly MVB to the team, who will be a major contributor to the research going forward. 

Paul, is based in Ratoath, Co Meath, Ireland where he runs a general veterinary practice, specialising in Orthopaedics and Traumatology UCM. He qualified as a vet at University College Dublin in 1989 and gained his specialist title at the University Complutense in Madrid.







2018 ......a busy year!

2018 was a busy year for the team. To date we have scanned 63 different breeds ranging from Great Danes down to Mini Dachshunds, giving a total of over 3,000 puppies scanned with more litters booked in over the coming weeks. 
it has been fantastic to see the belief in and support for the project from breeders and professionals alike. 
The team has clocked up many thousands of miles around the UK and Ireland and we extend a big thank you to all the breeders and Breed Clubs for their generous donations
We have forged a great working relationship with both the Irish Kennel Club and University College Dublin and welcome Dr Paul Kelly, Orthopaedic Specialist who has joined the team to give his invaluable expertise and knowledge to the project.
To all those puppies who have been ‘Pupscanned’ to date we look forward to following your progress throughout your life in your new homes and wish you many years of health and happiness. 
The Pupscan Team.